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Edith Altschul Lehman papers, 1856-1976, bulk 1963-1976

Series III: Memorabilia, 1856-1976

This series holds a variety of notebooks, awards, artifacts, and other objects representing many aspects of Edith Lehman's life. It includes elaborately bound scrapbooks and other gifts from her uncle, Richard Altschul, which he made each year for his niece's birthday. Consisting of family traditions and injokes, they were known as "The Richy Classics." The series also houses family documents, the diaries, and several photo albums documenting wedding anniversaries and trips. Other albums cover events such as the dedication of Herbert Lehman College and the construction of Pete's House; most of these were given to the Lehman's as commemorative gifts. The series contains a watercolor painting of the Lehman Children's Zoo and two original sketches of the zoo's animal sculptures, designed by artist Aymar Embury. Also included are social books, Christmas gift lists, diplomas and membership certificates, and awards, medals, pins, statues, and other items given to Edith in recognition of her philanthropic activities.

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Richard Altschul Gifts

Box 23 "Just C & Y"--Book Box with Letter, 1925

Box 30 "What I know About Social Services" and Letters, 1917

Box 30 "Infra Red and Ultraviolet Pictures of Family Life in New York, 1924 August 18

Box 30 "Cressy's History of California, Edition Grand de Luxe,", 1923

Box 36 Folder 4 "Homi Soit Qui 'Molly' Pense"--Autograph Manuscript Report Addressed to Mrs. Herbert H. Lehman, with Photographs and Flowers, 1922 August 18, 1922

Box 36 Folder 5 "Lest We Forget"--Scrapbook of California made for Charles and Camilla Altschul, 1901

Awards and Commemorative Objects

Box 19 Testimonial by Women's Division of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee--Guest Signatures,, 1936

Box 20 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People--Certificate of Life Membership for Edith Lehman,, 1960

Box 20 Mount Sinai Plaque, 1955

Box 20 Judge Irving Lehman--Golden Jubilee Scroll from the National Jewish Welfare Board, 1967 April 12, 1967

Box 20 Jewish Theological Seminary of America--Certificate, 1965-1966

Box 20 Louise Waterman Wise Award, 1973

Box 21 Legislative Correspondents Association of the State of New York--Certificate,, 1937

Box 21 "The Deserted Wives in 'A Little Party of Our Own'" --by the Wives of the Legislative Correspondents Association of the State of New York,, 1934

Box 24 For Mrs. Herbert Lehman by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union--Gold Needle and Thimble, 1959 July 1, 1959

Box 24 American Jewish Committee--Anti-Defamation League--Medal, undated

Box 24 Medical Board of Mount Sinai Hospital--Medal, 1968

Box 24 For Edith A. Lehman on Her Eightieth Birthday--Medal from the Play Schools Association, 1969 August 18, 1969

Box 24 Felix M. Warburg Memorial Award, undated

Box 24 United Jewish Appeal--Medal Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of V-E Day,, 1965

Box 24 United Jewish Appeal--Medal Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Karen Hayesod,, 1970

Box 24 Mount Sinai Hospital Trusteeship Medals, 1946 (2 medals), 1946

Box 24 Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Trustees Medal--Brass in Lucite, 1963

Box 24 Silver Medal Commemorating Dedication of the Eleanor Roosevelt Wing of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library--Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation, 1972 May 3, 1972

Box 24 Lifetime Pass to the Central Park Children's Zoo--by the Department of Parks,, undated

Box 24 Lifetime Membership in the Woman's Division, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies--Membership Card,, 1966

Box 24 Howard University Centennial Medal in Appreciation of Gift to Alumni Scholarship Fund,, 1967

Box 24 Medal with US Congress Seal from Jonathan Bingham, undated

Box 25 Honorary Membership from New York Chapter of Hadassah, 1961

Box 25 Brandeis University Plaque in Appreciation of Gift to Library Trust Fund,, undated

Box 26 Plaque to Edith Lehman from the Board of Trustees of Brandeis University--Naming Her as Fellow of the University, 1964 April 17, 1964

Box 26 Elected to the Society of Honor Reform Jewish Appeal--Statues, 1965-1970

Box 26 Statue to Herbert Lehman for his 80th Birthday by Honor Reform Jewish Appeal,, undated

Box 26 Bust of John Kennedy by Robert Berkes, Presented by 65th Anniversary Convention of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, 1965 May, 1965

Box 27 Mount Sinai Medical Center Memorial Resolution, 1976 March, 1976

Box 28 Naming of Herbert H. Lehman College--Certificate, 1968

Box 29 Folder 2 Resolution of Appreciation from Henry Street Settlement Urban Life Center--Certificate,, 1972

Box 29 Folder 2 Citation from Americans for Democratic Action at Annual National--Certificate,, 1964

Box 29 Folder 3 Tribute in Honor of Herbert Lehman Presented to Edith Lehman by the Jewish Teachers Seminary and People's University--Certificate,, 1966

Box 29 Folder 3 Election of Edith Lehman to the Society of Honorary Alumni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem--Certificate,, 1970

Box 29 Folder 4 Dedication of the Edith Lehman Comprehensive High School, Israel--Certificate,, 1966

Box 29 Folder 5 Original lithograph by Chaim Gross from the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York,, 1963

Box Lehman Suite cabinet Class Bowl Engraved with "In Appreciation" from Jonathan Bingham, 1972

Box Lehman Suite cabinet Blue and White Plate from Thanks to Scandinavia, 1973


Box 20 Williams College--Diploma, 1967

Box 25 National Red Cross--Volunteer Special Services Certificate, 1944

Box 34 Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters--Diploma,, 1976

Box 27 Columbia University, Honorary Doctor of Laws--Diploma and Photographs,, 1972

Photo Albums

Box 18 Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1960

Box 19 Edith Lehman High School in Dimona, Israel--Photo Album, 1965

Box 19 Visit to Israel--Photo Album, 1959

Box 20 "ORT" in Israel--Photo Book, undated

Box 21 Governor Lehman and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America: a Photographic Record Presented to Mrs. Edith Lehman, 1967 October 9, 1967

Box 22 Pete's House--Henry St. Settlement--Photo Book, undated

Box 22 Launching of the Diesel Electric Ferryboat "The Governor Herbert H. Lehman" 1964 September 5, 1964

Box 25 820 Park Avenue--Tenth Floor, 1976 March, 1976

Box 25 820 Park Avenue--Eleventh Floor, 1976 March, 1976

Box 25 Photographs--EAL, 1975

Box 34 Herbert H. Lehman Village, Israel--Photo Album, 1959

Box 27 Edith Lehman High School at Dimona, Israel--Plans, undated

Box 27 Meadow Farm, undated

Box 28 Play Schools Association--Book of Photographs and Children's Artwork,, 1960

Box 28 Friends of the Zoo: Teenage Volunteers at the Lehman Children's Zoo--Photo Album,, 1975

Box 32 Folder 1 Dedication of Herbert Lehman College, 1966

Box 32 Folder 2 to 3 Edith Lehman 50th Anniversary Fund, 1917-1968, (2 Folders)

Box 32 Folder 4 Meadow Farm Album, undated

Box 32 Folder 5 Mount Sinai School of Medicine--The Investiture of Horace L. Hodes, MD as the First Lehman Professor of Pediatrics,, 1969

Box 30 Naming of Herbert H. Lehman College, 1967

Box 33 Teenage Photograph Workshop, Henry Street Settlement, 1957 (2 binders), 1957

Box 33 Dedication of the Herbert H. Lehman Suite, Columbia University, 1971

Box Lehman Suite cabinet Hubert H and Muriel Humphrey--Framed Photograph, undated

Box 37 Slides of Artwork


Box 15 Folder 1 Political Contributions, 1964-1976

Box 15 Folder 2 European Trip Notebook, 1970

Box 15 Folder 3 Birthday List, 1941

Box 15 Folder 4 Memory Book, 1957-1975

Box 15 Folder 5 Gift List, 1960

Box 15 Folder 6 Tipping Memory Book, 1926-1972

Box 15 Folder 7-8 Christmas, 1956-1974, (2 Folders)

Box 16 Folder 1-3 Edith Altschul Lehman--Diary, 1949

Box 16 Folder 1-3 Edith Altschul Lehman--Diary, 1949

Box 16 Folder 4-5 Elisabeth Josephson Altschul--Diary, 1856-1872 (4 copies), 1856-1872

Social Books

Box 17 Social Book, 1950-1956

Box 17 Social Book, 1957-1963

Box 17 Social Book, 1966-1970

Box 17 Beverage Preferences, 1968

Box 18 Social Book, 1971-1974

Box 18 Social Book, 1975

Box 18 Engagement Calendar, 1976

Box 18 The Book of the Bride Elect Designed by a Spinster--Wedding Gifts, 1910

Box 18 Family Trees--Lehman and Altschul, 1974

Box 18 S.S. Commodore--Passenger List, 1909 April 4, 1909

Box 19 Lehman Village--General Information, Israel, 1959

Box 22 "The Josephson Family"--History by Gertrude Furth, undated

Box 25 Matchbook with Picture of Herbert and Edith Lehman, undated

Box 25 Herbert and Edith Lehman Bookplates, undated

Box 25 Menu, 1910 April 28

Box 25 Genealogy Notes--Index Cards, undated

Box 29 Folder 1 Pencil Sketches of the Whale and the Rabbit Sculptures for the Lehman Children's Zoo by Artist Aymar Embury,, 1960

Box 29 Folder 1 Watercolor Sketch of Children's Zoo by C. Weiss, undated

Box 30 Dead Sea Scrolls Replica, undated

Box 32 Folder 6-7 Israel Diary, 1959, (2 Folders)

Box 35 Folder 1-2 Israel Diary, 1949-1959, (2 Folders)

Box 35 Folder 3 Correspondence, 1958-1962

Box 35 Folder 4 Photographs and Clippings, 1965-1973

Box 35 Folder 5 Oral History, undated

Box 35 Folder 6 Correspondence and Photographs, including Children's Zoo, 1951-1956

Box 35 Folder 7 Children's Zoo--Letters from Children, 1960-1967

Box 35 Folder 8 Poems, 1958

Box 35 Folder 9 Birth Certificate, 1889

Box 36 Folder 1-3 Clippings, 1966-1973

Box Lehman Suite cabinet Children's Zoo Illustration on the Cover of The New Yorker, 1964 January 25, 1964